Here are the results of the Should non-voters complain poll.
And here are your comments
From Ryan on September 29, 2011 at 12:04 am.
As Noam Chomsky puts it, "It’s okay to vote if you have a choice."
By not voting you are making your statement of apathy and that "none of the above" are going to solve the problems that affect you day to day.
From Lisa G. on September 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm.
I still think by not voting, your voice is not heard. So yes, I think by not voting, you can’t complain. And that’s to say that you can complain about either side – I voted for Obama and complain about him plenty.
From jon hoy on September 26, 2011 at 4:18 am.
When you get candidates that crawl from out of the wood work no one has seen before, why vote.
From Bill McCoy on September 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm.
I almost always vote, even in relatively unimportant elections. However, not voting because none of the candidates is fit to receive a vote, is also a form of voting. I would really like to see "none of the above" added as a voting choice. After "none…" wins a few races, maybe something would be done.
From John Coleman on September 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm.
I used to think one should vote.
When no candidate represents you, there is nobody to vote for.
Simply voting against the greater evil is an impotent act.
From Bull Slam on September 17, 2011 at 11:54 am.
"The price for not paying attention to politics is to be ruled by inferior men."
No is the winner by an almost three to one margin.
I voted No. The “nobody represents me” argument does not hold water. Such people seem to expect that people who agree with them on every issue ought to magically appear on the ballot, and if they do not, it abrogates their responsibility. There has never been and never will be a perfect candidate, although Bernie and Elizabeth are damn close! Voting involves picking the candidate who is closest to you that has a reasonable chance to win. Voting for a sure loser helps the candidate who is farthest from you. (There are rare situations in locales where Republicans control the local Democratic party and put up a straw candidate. These are exceptions.) In Oregon, we get good candidates from which to choose on the left, because we invest the effort to make it happen. And, if you have done that and failed, vote anyway. Hell, in 1988 I voted for my cat for President. I’m sorry to report that the cat lost. In 2010, many on the left stayed home. Look what happened. The punishment for not voting is Republican rule.
The new poll is on the timing of primaries. Enjoy!